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***The Christmas Train

by David Baldacci

Reviewed November 21, 2002.
Warner Books, New York, 2002.  260 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (F BAL)

I enjoyed John Grisham’s Skipping Christmas, so I thought I’d try another thriller author’s attempt at a Christmas story.  David Baldacci pulls it off even better than John Grisham did.  This is a nice heart-warming romance and just right to put you in a festive mood for Christmas.

Tom Langdon has been banned from domestic air travel because of a misunderstanding with security personnel.  So he decides to travel by train from Washington, D. C., to Los Angeles to see his on-again, off-again girlfriend for Christmas.

Who should show up on the train but the love of his life, the woman who left him because he never got around to asking her to marry him.  Of course, we all think we know where the plot is heading, but David Baldacci slips in some nice twists along the way.  This is a fun story, with amusing characters and the nostalgic atmosphere of train travel.

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